The Penticton Vees have confirmed forward Matt Serratore has suffered a broken ankle after injuring his leg in the Vees 5-3 win in Merritt Saturday. Serratore left that game late in the second period after falling awkwardly into the boards behind the Merritt net, after racing to a puck. Serratore collided with Merritt’s Jake Clifford, as the two raced after a 50/50 puck. Serratore fell and went feet first into the end boards which resulted in the break.
Wasn’t a dirty hit or play on Clifford’s part, as after watching the video you can clearly see it was just a hard hockey play between two veteran players. Serratore was trying to create some separation to shield the puck and Clifford was throwing a hit on the fore-checking Serratore; rotten luck.
Word is Serratore won’t require surgery for the ankle fracture which is good news, meaning his recovery time won’t be extended. As of right now, the approximate timetable for his recovery is 6-8 weeks, putting him on pace for a late January return. Vees Head Coach Fred Harbinson said defenseman Bo Dolan suffered a similar injury a few years back and was out for 61 days. Not saying that’s Serratore’s recovery time, as everyone responds differently to an injury but it gives us a rough timeline for his recovery.
Serratore will likely stick around Penticton for a couple of weeks before heading home early for the Christmas break to Bemidji, Minnesota but no plans have been laid out as of yet.
Tough news, as Serratore was having a career year, setting career highs in goals (13) and points (23) in 26 games. Serratore was a key piece to the Vees offense this year, as he and line-mates Riley Alferd and Jack Ramsey were off to terrific starts. Not only is Serratore a key offensive piece but he’s an excellent defensive forward and penalty-killer, plus a great person in the dressing room and off the ice.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Matt Serratore and I can’t wait to see him back in a Vees jersey.